GREECE - Foreign Authorization

Last Updated: October 19, 2022

To support the viability of intercountry adoption as an option for permanency for children in Greece, the Office of Children’s Issues and the U.S. Embassy in Athens sought information from the Greek Central Authority regarding its legal requirements for the authorization of adoption service providers (ASP), pursuant to Article 12 of the Hague Adoption Convention.

Greece ratified the Convention on September 2, 2009, and it entered into force on January 1, 2010.

Incoming intercountry adoptions from Greece to the United States are rare and generally limited to relative cases or other extraordinary circumstances.  ASPs in need of information about Greek authorization requirements should contact the Greek Central Authority directly for information and notify the Office of Children's Issues if assistance with facilitating communication is needed.

ASPs with questions about pursuing adoptions from Greece should contact the Greek Central Authority:

Greek Central Authority of Intercountry Adoptions (KADY), Department of Fosterages and Adoptions, Directorate for the Protection of Children and Families Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, 29 Stadiou str., GR 101 10 ATHENS, Greece
Phone: +30 210 528 1182
Contact person: Ms. Apousidou

For additional information, ASPs may wish to review the Greece country-information page.